Update to Incentives Paid to Employers

On Friday 2nd August, the Federal Government announced a reduction in incentive payments. This section will be updated once the full impact of the cuts has been worked out.


The most commonly asked question we get from employers is “what incentives are available if I put on an apprentice?”  To help answer this we have compiled all the information we can find in one area, including links to the pages to check the latest details. This information changes quite often, so for the latest information check with the individual organisations listed, or your apprentice broker, eg Business SA, MEGT, Mission Australia & Sarina Russo.

How do I sign up an apprentice?

Contact the Australian Apprenticeship Centre (AAC) on 13 38 73 for referral advice, or visit  www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au. An AAC assists employers with the processes involved in registering a new apprentice, engaging an appropriate training organisation and managing the payment of Australian Apprenticeship Program incentives (where applicable).

A staff member will come to you, on the job, and organise your papers as well as arrange any applicable government incentives. Generally, this service to the employer and the apprentice is “Free of Charge”.

See: SA Australian Apprenticeship Centres.


Employer Support

The CITB provides a range of support funding to assist meeting the skills profile requirements of the Construction Industry. Employers may have eligible apprentices and trainees who will be eligible for employer support payments.

If you require additional assistance or help and are thinking of taking on an Apprentice there are two options available to you:

  • Either employ an Apprentice directly, or
  • Hire one through a Group Training Organisation (GTO).

Eligibility – http://citb.org.au/Apprentice/TuitionFunding/Eligibility/tabid/116/Default.aspx

Funding Schedule – http://citb.org.au/Apprentice/FundingSchedule/tabid/129/Default.aspx

If you wish to register with the CITB to receive the employer support payments, Completions Funding ($1,600 a year) and On-Job Funding ($1,600 a year). You will need your ABN, Trading Name, address and banking details.

Once your Company is registered, ask your Apprentice to register with the CITB, quoting your ABN, which links them to your Organisation. They will need their Contract of Training (COT) Number together with their personal details.

SA Employer Subsidies: Please discuss with your Apprenticeship Broker (the person who brings out the paperwork to sign up apprentices) to make sure you are aware of any changes.

These are paid when the apprentice has been working at the following time intervals:

6 Months – Federal Govt Commencement = $1500

12 Months – CITB = $3400

24 Months – CITB = $3400

36 Months – CITB = $3400

48 Months – CITB Completion = $3400

48 Months – Federal Govt Completion = $2500

Employers who hire apprentices over 25 years of age are entitled to a further $4000 payment after the apprentice has been employed for 1 year. 

There are special incentive payments available for BRICKLAYERS only, from the Australian Brick & Block Training Foundation:

ABBTF (Bricklayers only) http://www.abbtf.com.au/sa/sa-bricklayer-employer-incentives/

ABBTF Brickstart support will change from $4,000 to $3,000 with $1,000 paid on the satisfactory completion of each of the first three years of the apprenticeship.  This will reduce the Year 3 subsidy from the current $2,000 to $1,000 and applies to employers of new apprentices commencing from 1 July 2013.  The change is the same for both Direct employers and Group Training Organisations. Due to the slow down in the industry the ABBTF funding has been reduced, for more information, visit their website.

See the ABBTF website.

Quick Links:
Australian Government Incentives – www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au
WorkCover – www.workcover.com
Payroll Tax Rebates – www.revenuesa.sa.gov.au
CITB Incentives – www.citb.org.au